Five Star February: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale (Everyman's Library)
 Title:  The Handmaid’s Tale
 Author:  Margaret Atwood
 Summary: Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now… [1]
Why I Loved It I found this book terrifying.  This was this first time that a futurist post disaster book scared me because it was completely viable as a future.
Who would like this: Lovers of powerful writing. People who find stark futures interesting. Woman, Sociologists, Philosophers, Political Scientists.
 Favorite Quotes: “I knelt to examine the floor, and there it was, in tiny writing, quite fresh it seemed, scratched with a pin or maybe just a fingernail, in the corner where the darkest shadow fell: Nolite te bastardes carborundorum.”

“My name isn’t Offred, I have another name, which nobody uses now because t’s forbidden. I tell myself it doesn’t matter, your name is like your telephone number, useful only to others; but what I tell myself is wrong, it does matter. I keep the knowledge of this name like something hidden, some treasure I’ll come back to dig up, one day. I think of this name as buried. This name has an aura around it, like an amulet, some charm that’s survived from an unimaginably distant past. I lie in my single bed at night, with my eyes closed, and the name floats there behind my eyes, not quite within reach, shining in the dark.”

“I try to conjure, to raise my own spirits, from wherever they are. I need to remember what they look like. I try to hold them still behind my eyes, their faces, like pictures in an album. But they won’t stay still for me, they move, there’s a smile and it’s gone, their features curl and bend as if the paper’s burning, blackness eats them. A glimpse, a pale shimmer on the air; a glow, aurora, dance of electrons, then a face again, faces. But they fade, though I stretch out my arms towards them, they slip away from me, ghosts at daybreak. Back to wherever they are. Stay with me, I want to say. But they won’t. It’s my fault. I am forgetting too much.”

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One thought on “Five Star February: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

  1. OMG! I listened to this book recently and it really is scary in how real it can be! I need to go back and re-read it. It is one I need to feel in my hands I think to fully process it!

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